Believe in “The Fantastic Four” if you want to market planned gifts the right way

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When it comes to marketing planned gifts, always remember that your supporters need to think about their lives and how they can find meaning by leaving a gift to your charity— not death. Fundraising major gift major gift fundraising major gift marketing planned gift Planned Giving

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30 Marketing Planning Questions in 30 Minutes

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Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? We will answer 30 questions about nonprofit marketing planning in 30 minutes. There’s no faster way to learn about nonprofit marketing planning.

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Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop Is Back!

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For all of you in the Midwest who have wanted to come to the Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop , but just couldn’t make it to the coasts, we have great news. Here is what you’ll get when you attend: Expert navigation through the complete marketing plan creation process.

No Virginia, Your To-Do List is NOT Your Marketing Plan: Marketing Budgets, Part 1

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The hands-down, most hated and most frequently-avoided marketing task is budgeting. You’ll learn the value a budget brings to your work as it translates the actions outlined in your marketing plan into expense. That’s my marketing plan and what I use to create my budget.

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Answers to 30 Vital Nonprofit Marketing Planning Questions, in 30 Minutes!

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When you listen in here, you’ll get answers to a broad range of questions, including: What are some of the must-do marketing tasks that are universal for all nonprofits? How can we define marketing goals when the board just wants to “get our name out there?”.

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You Say You Don’t Need a Marketing Plan?

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Marketing planning – real marketing planning –isn’t easy. That’s my marketing plan.&#. A to-do list is not your marketing plan. A marketing plan will ensure that you focus your efforts and your budget on the actual marketing to-dos that will move your organizational goals forward, instead of a random list of tactics that may or may not work together to produce results. A marketing plan is a map.

DUMB = Only Marketing Planned Gifts to Supporters When They Are About to Die

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BAFFLED REASON #1 - The “planned giving marketing expert” ran through what seemed like one hundred charts and graphs at a blistering pace. Both left modest gifts to charities in their estate plans.]. .

Taking Marketing Plan Workshop to Seattle and NYC

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Nancy Schwartz and I are taking the Total Focus Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop west this year, with a day in beautiful Seattle, Washington. We’ll be there on Thursday, June 16, 2011 to work with up to 25 nonprofits to create a real-world marketing plan for their organizations.

Proof Point #3: Top Hurdles to Marketing Impact

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Proof Points : Research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right. Inadequate time and budget remain the two primary hurdles to nonprofits’ marketing impact. Then, get planning.

3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

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P.S. Get more nonprofit marketing tools , templates, case studies & tips delivered right to your inbox! Strategy cybersecurity database donor database fundraising Hack-Proof Your Life IT marketing planning Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing Sean M.

7 common major gift marketing mistakes you should avoid this year (including planned gift marketing)

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The post 7 common major gift marketing mistakes you should avoid this year (including planned gift marketing) appeared first on MarketSmart | . Believing that you are imposing on your supporters by asking them for money. Remember, they want to give.

Be Consistent, Not Confusing with Multi-Channel Nonprofit Marketing

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Call it what you will — integrated, holistic, multi-channel fundraising and marketing — but there’s no variance in my recommendation that you take this approach right now, if you’re not already. So make the build happen with rigorously-monitored multi-channel marketing!

3 Steps to Meaningful Marketing Measures: Part 2

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Unfortunately, when we try to measure too many marketing measures, all we get is frustrated. Even for nonprofit communicators in large, well-staffed organizations, there’s rarely enough bandwidth to capture, analyze, share and use many marketing insights. How can marketing best be used to move your organization towards its overall goals? 3) INSIGHTS—Five or fewer metrics or other insights that show you’re moving forward on the right marketing path, or not. .

7 Questions For Your 2014 Marketing Plan

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With November almost half gone, there’s not much we can timely advise regarding your year-end marketing/fundraising program. So now let’s turn to planning for 2014. Here’s a planning checklist. Acquisition communications direct marketing Don''t Miss these Posts fundraising marketing metrics media usage nonprofit management nonprofits online fundraising social networking premium

4 Easy Ways to Get Closer & Boost Action

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Here are three doable methods of harvesting these priceless insights: 1) Launch a Marketing Advisory Group. Then put together a marketing advisory group incorporating as many of these perspectives as possible—that way you’ll have the right person to turn to when you need her.

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors

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Fundraising Lead Generation best fundraising emails fundraising email ideas fundraising emails best practices lead generation for major gifts major donor fundraising major gift fundraising blog marketing planned gifts nonprofit email marketing planned gift marketing ideasI failed to get into business school. I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s.

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Get a REAL Marketing Plan – Early Bird Rate Ends Friday

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When I offer my “Quick and Dirty&# marketing plan workshop, I’m always saying things like, “But when you do your REAL plan, you’ll also do this and this. Benchmarks for your marketing goals so you know if you are making progress or not.

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1 Week into 2017: Where are You Headed?

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This practical, doable marketing plan template takes you from goals to benchmarks, work plan, action, and impact! . Those New Year’s resolutions—including the ones we set for marketing and fundraising work—are so hard to keep.

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7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter

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I know, I know… you love your planned giving newsletter. After all, it’s an easy marketing option (especially if you buy them from a vendor who has been creating them for you for decades). We need to blanket the prospects that have high-planned giving scores.

3 Steps to Focused Productivity for Your Nonprofit Marketing

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Running a small nonprofit has never been easy, but there used to be few challenges that a larger marketing budget couldn’t solve. Plan for your goals. It’s tough to carve out a block of time to think, plan, and research if you’re bogged down in daily operations.

What’s Your Burning Question on Nonprofit Marketing? Free Webinar – 30 Answers in 30 Minutes

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Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? Well, Kivi Leroux Miller and I are going to give it a try with our next free webinar, 30 Nonprofit Marketing Questions in 30 Minutes!

Weave Your Nonprofit Marketing Loose Ends Into a Tight, Powerful Plan

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Last week I had the opportunity to join three fantastic colleagues to share guidance on this crucial nonprofit marketing challenge at #11NTC (NTEN’s annual conference). Only 16% of nonprofits have marketing plans. Don’t plan more than 1 year out.

2 marketing Jedi Masters tell us why fundraising IS marketing/selling

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Fundraising IS marketing and selling. Yet some fundraisers think it’s different from other forms of marketing and sales when it isn’t. By the way, Seth Godin might be the most respected thought leader on subjects revolving around marketing.

How to Set Nonprofit Marketing Goals that Build Your Impact & Satisfaction

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Set the Big-Picture Marketing Goals that. My friend and colleague Kivi Leroux Miller and I have heard so many of you say that your marketing isn’t all it could be. Join us for this free 30-minute webinar to learn how to set clear marketing goals for your organization.

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What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank

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The post What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank appeared first on MarketSmart | . I love Shark Tank , the reality TV show that features a panel of potential venture capitalists (“sharks”) evaluating aspiring entrepreneurs product/business ideas.

Proof that planned gifts increase annual giving revenue

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What he found was the following: The average annual gift among those studied increased by 75% ($3,171) after making a planned gift. Recommendations. >> 7 Simple Lessons to Remember from Dr. Russell James About Planned Gift Marketing. >> Words That Work: Phrases that Encourage Planned Giving.

What’s your fundraising asking style?

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My Gift To You This Holiday Season

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A lot of people have asked me, “Can you really achieve planned gift marketing success online ?” “You can’t close planned gifts with a website!”

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

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Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. In 2012 they achieved their goal and raised $1 billion but, in my humble opinion, they failed miserably. . Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people.

What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…

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Planned giving is a new area for me. And now my new boss wants me to come up with an action plan for the next year. Eighty percent of the success of your planned gift marketing efforts will be dependent upon your list.

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9 Content Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

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John Haydon gave me a great challenge: Share 9 content marketing tips. When you’ve written a 100,000-word book about nonprofit content marketing , boiling it down to your favorite 9 tips is a challenge. 3 “musts” for better content marketing: Listen and understand your audience.

Are Your Marketing Goals Easy to Reach Or A Stretch?

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This is a vital issue for your to spend some time on because the challenge level of your nonprofit marketing goals has a huge imapct on whether you get there or not. Ambitious but realistic goals are the way to move your marketing (and your mission) forward, inch by inch!

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Last Chance to Submit Questions on Marketing Planning

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The questions for our next free webinar, 30 Nonprofit Marketing Questions in 30 Minutes , are rolling in, but we still have space for a few more. What do you want to know about writing a marketing plan? Drafting a marketing budget. Staffing your marketing plan.

Essential Nonprofit Marketing Guidance: The Best of 2010

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2010 delivered cause-marketing shockers, highly-effective disaster relief communications, a tougher-than-ever fundraising environment and the continued emergence of Facebook, even as the basics remained the cornerstone of nonprofit marketing impact.

Must-Do Marketing for Nonprofit Leaders – Free Webinar 12/6

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Join me for this free webinar (December 6, 1pm ET) to learn how to craft your 1-page marketing plan for 2012. This plan will be a reliable path to motivating your target audiences to act in 2012 and will double as a practical, realistic guide to prioritizing marketing opportunities.

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The 7 biggest mistakes weak major gift officers make repeatedly

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Fundraising Lead Generation Major Giving Planned Giving strategy 80/20 rule charity blog fundraising do's and don'ts fundraising don'ts major gift marketing mistakes mistakes major gift officers make nonprofit marketing planned gift cultivationWasting time in-house letting themselves get caught up in meetings, activities, or office politics. Forgetting to ask donors lots of questions about why they care, where their interests lie and what they want to accomplish.

Marketing Fundraising Events: The Ultimate Checklist

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Use these tips from Kerri Moore, Director of Marketing at Booster to get the word out. Marketing your fundraising event is a necessity to attract attendees. But the marketing process can feel overwhelming, especially since every detail matters when it comes to receiving donations.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it

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I used my marketing expertise to invent new ways of doing things. And, as I explored this new realm, I discovered that fundraising actually is marketing, customer service and sales. >> Introducing “ENGAGEMENT FUNDRAISING”— the Future of Nonprofit Marketing. >>

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3 Steps to Funding Nonprofit Marketing

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More often than not, the lack of investment in nonprofit marketing is fueled by a lack of resources: financial and talent. Nonprofit agency directors are so busy serving people that they can’t find the time or money to invest in quality marketing and storytelling initiatives. During the last three years, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has made marketing grants to a range of nonprofit organizations, including: A food pantry seeking more financial donations.

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Want more planned gifts? Focus on why not how

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There are a whole bunch of so-called “marketing companies” out there that say they help nonprofits get more planned gifts. Here’s the problem with this is: Planned gift websites don’t get much traffic (rendering them relatively useless). So, absent a solid cultivation marketing plan devised to drive traffic to your PG pages, you won’t yield much in terms of a return on your investment. Instead, you just pelted them with your marketing.

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